Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reduce Sun Damage With Healthy Eating

Tuesday 20th October 2009

A few adjustments to your diet may be all that's needed to achieve healthy, damage-free skin.

Beta Caroteneand Vitamin A, found in fresh produce such as carrots and sweet potatoes, have long been known to contain antioxidants that are essential for healthy skin.

However, it has now been discovered that these precious antioxidants will not only improve the health of your skin but can also slow down the ageing process and damage caused by over-exposure to UV Rays such as wrinkles, sun spots, dry, parched looking skin, and possibly even skin cancer.

So you ask, what is Beta Carotene and how does it work to improve my skin's condition?

There is much to be said for Beta Carotene as it is the most prolifically researched of all the carotenoids. However, simply putting it, carotenoids are responsible for the colouring of fruits and vegetables. Fruits or vegetables rich in Beta Carotene are usually of the yellow and orange variety.

Beta Carotene, is one of 50 carotenoids that is known to be a Vitamin A compound. This means that the carotene can be converted into Vitamin A, also known as retinol, whenever the body needs it. Hence, by consuming food sources of Beta Carotene, the body is receiving both the benefits of Beta carotene, and the benefits of Vitamin A.

The benefits of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene

Beta Carotene is a very powerful antioxidant, scanning the body for free radicals, and neutralizing them before they can damage cells. It also improves communication between cells, preventing cancerous cells from forming.

Vitamin A is known to moisturise the skin, fight harmful bacteria and calm inflammations.

Foods Rich in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene


sweet potato
leafy vegetables
collard greens
cantaloupe melon

This article was writen by Lorynne Heynes from www.caribbeantan.co.uk - Thank you again Lorynne for sharing your insight!

Credit also has to be given for the wonderful photograph, provided by www.flickr.com



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